“God will never allow you to keep a spiritual blessing completely for yourself. It must be given back to Him so that He can make it a blessing for others.” ~Oswald Chambers
God uses fantastic math! He has a way of multiplying the little that we have to offer (which was already given by Him) and making it so much better than if we had kept it. He is wonderful!
Mark 6:30-44, Jesus, seeking some time away, but invaded by a crowd, has compassion on the people and begins to teach them. He taught them “many things”. Evidently, He had much He wanted to share. It became very late. Jesus instructed His disciples to feed the people. They would have liked to send them away. Why? Were they bad people? Did they lack compassion? Did they dislike the people? No. I suggest that they simply realized their own limitations.
The disciples realized the time. It was very late. They looked in their wallets and saw lack. They realized in themselves , they did not have what the people needed. So, their suggestion was, “send the people away…so they can go and buy themselves something to eat.” But, Jesus answered, “You buy them something to eat.”
The disciples looked again at what they had; as well as what they did not have. They calculated that it would cost them 8 months salary to feed the crowd before them. In themselves it was impossible! Jesus wanted to know, and He wanted them to know exactly what He had to work with.
“How many loaves do you have?” “Go and see.” They found out and answered, five loaves and two fish. After they were painfully aware of their own limitations, Jesus rose to action. He used the disciples to serve the meal. He used them to feed the need in front of them. What was impossible for them to do alone became a wonderful feast as Jesus looked to heaven, gave thanks, and directed His disciples in the work at hand.
All who were there ate, and were satisfied. The meal went from lack to leftovers! Twelve baskets full of broken pieces and bread were left over and picked up by the disciples. Five thousand men had eaten. An untold number of women and children most likely ate to their full as well.
The five loaves and two fish wouldn’t have fed many. Apart from giving Jesus the little they had to work with, there would have been lack. With Jesus there was surplus! This is the heart of worship. It is allowing God to be glorified by giving Him back all that we have, all that we are, all that we are not. It is welcoming God to have His way as we extend His blessing to the hungry.
Dear Lord, I pray that You would purify my heart so that all that I have, all that I lack and all of the needs in front of me are laid open to You. I pray that You would use all that You have already blessed me with; and multiply it in ways that only You can do. I love honor and worship You, Lord Jesus. Have Your way and be glorified in and through me. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.